DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado has joined more than 20 other states in refusing to turn over sensitive information as part of President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission investigation.

In addition to names and addresses, the administration wants Social Security numbers and voting history for the last 10 years.

Election judge Ed Wingfield of Denver, Colorado accepts ballots outside the Denver Elections Division offices on November 8, 2016. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams says it’s not even a choice for Colorado to fully comply with the Trump Administration’s request for voter data.

“My office is going to protect the confidentiality of things that are confidential under state law,” said Williams.

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Earlier this week, state secretaries in all 50 states and Washington, DC were sent a letter from the chairman of the president’s voter fraud commission Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

The commission was established after Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that he only lost the popular vote because three to five million people voted illegally.

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Some of the most populous states, including California and New York, are refusing to comply. There are 25 states that have said they refuse to comply with the president’s orders.

But even some conservative states that voted for Trump, such as Texas, say they can provide only partial responses based on what is legally allowed under state law.

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The Trump Administration will have access to data on Colorado voters that is already available to the public, which includes voter history. But the request for information on Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and dates of birth will not be available.

“That’s protected. It’s protected from everybody, whether they’re a journalist, whether they’re the president, whether they’re a political party, there’s just some information that you don’t get to have,” said Williams.

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Kobach says even his home state of Kansas can’t legally comply with all the requests he included in the letter. He says the administration wants to analyze vulnerabilities in the voting system.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, believes there is something more to it, “We will not let Donald Trump and right wing extremists use this as some covert plan to get data to make it harder for people to vote. We won’t stand for it!”

Comments (4)
  1. Kee Emosabe says:

    Why would any state make it easier for hackers to steal identities? Why should any state be complicit in this effort to further disenfranchise millions more voters?

  2. Kee Emosabe says:

    Putin really wants this info, so it is in his puppet’s interest to hand it all over. So much easier to sway the next election,,.to ensure his clown show rolls on.

  3. James Walker says:

    A correct decision. There is already FAR too much intrusion into our privacy.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  4. Get Clue says:

    We have already lost our rights to private voting! Colorado provides our names, addresses and phone numbers to the public now. ANY human predator, mentally deranged person or sexual stocker can go to numerous websites that use the Colorado provided information so they can walk right up to your front door!!!

    Seriously, I see NO problem with using SSN and driver’s license to check for illegals voting, so long as our State of Colorado will not print that information too. Colorado already issues driver’s license to illegals so they can keep track them, so why not give that info to the Feds? Most employers are required to use E-Verify, which is a federal SSN information base.

    Illegal voter fraud IS a huge concern. The Obama administration claimed 12 million illegals in our country. Border patrol estimates closer to 40 million, which includes the women and children.

    So YES, voter fraud it is a legitimate concern!!

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